QNAP TS-409U Turbo NAS
Extra Configuration and Administration
After configuration is complete, it took about 20 minutes for the TS-409U to synchronize the array, followed by a few more minutes to format the array. At this point, I was able to use the finder application to map the network drive.
There are several shares available by default, such as a Public share, a Recycling Bin, and various shares for some of the software services available on the TS-409U.
At this point, I logged on to the administration page on the unit's administrative web service (different from the web server it can run). There are a total of eight possible section for configuration and administration.
Since quick configuration had been completed by the finder application, I started in System Settings. Here, I was able to change the server's name, adjust the time, change the language, and view all settings. Additionally, I could have set up the unit's mail alerts that sends e-mails when the server experiences an error.
Next, I looked through the Network Settings area. Many of the software services were configurable from this area, such as the iTunes and Download services. I turned on the NFS server so I could access the shares through NFS in Linux, and I also enabled the multimedia station so I could share my music with my Xbox 360. Note that the multimedia station also enables an extra web page from the main page that allows users to browse multimedia on the Qmultimedia share.
I was also able to enable the unit's webserver and MySQL server. While I have no immediate use for these functions on my home network, they would come in handy for building a business intranet site or blog. Note that the webserver's PHP configuration file can be edited.
Lastly, it should be noted that in the Microsoft Networking tab, an active directory server can be assigned, so users and workgroups can be imported from the server. This will save a boatload of time when creating users and groups later.
Next, I took a peek at Device Configuration from the main menu. This tab lets me control the disks in the drive, as well as RAID volumes. The "SATA DisK" tab displays the different RAID levels the TS-409U supports. Below this descriptions are the physical disks, as well as their current status. The TS-409U is capable of scanning the disks for bad blocks. Below this are similar options for any RAID volumes.
The RAID Management Tool tab allows me to configure additional RAID volumes, upgrade drives to large sizes, or add descriptions. It's recommended that the manual has been read before using these functions, since data could potentially be lost if something is done wrong.
The Device Configuration tab also supports configuration for USB disks and USB printers, which can also be shared over the network, making it ideal for external backups.
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